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Cretaceous Hills State Natural Area

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Site Characteristics

  • Huntable acres: 264
  • Habitat: The huntable portion of the site contains a mixture of open ground and forested habitat.  Topography varies across the site and is moderately steep in areas.  Forested areas mixed hardwoods and pines.
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Site Specific Regulations

  • All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter.
  • Site requires use of windshield card, displayed on vehicle dashboard, to report hunting effort and harvest by 15 February.
  • Use Hunt Planner to find hunting seasons open at this site.
  • Hunters may leave stands unattended from September 15 – January 31. Stands must be legibly marked with owner’s name, address and telephone number.
  • Hunting is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no quotas or drawings
  • Hunting is allowed in the state natural area only. No hunting is allowed in the nature preserve.
  • Species-specific rules:

Deer

  • Statewide regulations

Turkey

  • Statewide regulations

Waterfowl

  • No waterfowl hunting offered

Squirrels/Rabbits

  • Squirrels
    • Statewide regulations
  • Rabbits
    • Statewide regulations

Upland Birds

  • Dove, Quail,Woodcock
    • Statewide regulations

Furbearers

  • Hunting
    • Statewide regulations
    • Rimfire rifles .22 caliber and smaller may be used from sunset to sunrise.
    • Furbearer hunting closed during Firearm Deer Season
      • Hunters with a valid, unfilled firearm deer permit for the hunt area may take coyotes during legal hours of the firearm deer season. Otherwise, the use of shotgun slugs to take furbearing mammals is prohibited on state sites.
    • Coyote and striped skunk season coincides with the statewide fox season.
    • Windshield Card required

Amenities

  • None